Greener Possibilities Fair: Resources for Building Arks of Resilience

Sunday, October 30, 2–4 p.m. on the campuses of UUC and Beth Shalom

Co-sponsored by UUC Climate Action Team and the Green Team at Congregation Beth Shalom

Join us for this fun-filled event full of resources for reducing our greenhouse gas emissions both individually and collectively. We have groups participating in the following areas: transportation, home energy & improvement, sustainable gardening and more. Here’s a sneak preview of the environmental justice and legislative advocacy groups participating in the fair:

Come talk with people from these two local environmental justice groups:

  • Spark Northwest is committed to, “creating communities powered by locally controlled clean energy is central to promoting an environmentally just society. Through distributed energy projects that allow for community-level participation and equitable ownership, we can reduce energy burden while building wealth for disadvantaged communities.”
  • Green Buildings Now (GBN) is a Seattle-based coalition of faith organizations, climate justice groups, civic organizations and individuals. GBN promotes social justice and climate resilience by addressing the urgent task of eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from buildings in a just way. They are currently raising funds to support community leaders who are creating a Resilience Hub in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle. The vision includes a fossil fuel-free emergency hub and community service center on the campus of Bethany United Church of Christ.
  • People for Climate Action (PCA), Seattle Chapter PCA’s mission is to help local governments develop and implement comprehensive climate action plans to reach the greenhouse gas reduction targets set by the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration, which include a 50% reduction. PCA is committed to moving forward in solidarity with anti-racist and environmental justice organizations. Climate change and its related health impacts are deeply interwoven with social injustice, and the impacts of climate change are experienced first and most significantly by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.

Learn about the work of these last three groups, and get trained on how to track bills in the state legislative system:

  • Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light (WAIPL) “transforms faith into action for the well-being of communities and the environment. We organize people of faith to advocate for strong environmental policies and provide strategic guidance to religious communities working toward environmental justice.”
  • JUUSTICE WASHINGTON: A UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST STATE ACTION NETWORK FOR JUSTICE JUUstice Washington is a network of Unitarian Universalist congregations and organizations and their allies and partners, working on creating the necessary changes to address the many challenges brought on by social and environmental injustice. They will have voter registration information at the booth and information about the new federal Inflation Reduction Act.
  • Advocacy Duos This homegrown effort by Debbie Maranville and Margaret Sutro, two of our UUC members, is a model for creating partnerships to track and comment on bills on the environment, the economy, healthcare and more. Weekly check-ins and finding key resources can become a transformative experience.

Coming soon: a list of all participating groups in all categories.

The Climate Action Team is also sponsoring Climate Grief: Moving from Despair to Action with Professor Jennifer Atkinson on Wednesday, October 26, 6:30–8 p.m.

If you have questions or want more information, please contact CAT co-chairs Nancy Maranville or Catherine Ruha.

2 Responses

  1. “Butch” Mason Taylor says:

    Looks interesting. Is it open to the public?

  2. Nancy Maranville says:

    Hello Butch,

    Yes, the Greener Possibilities Fair on Sunday, October 30 is open to the public, as is the event “Climate Grief: Moving from Despair to Action” with Jennifer Atkinson on October 26th (see the link above). Hope to see you there.